The father of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. died Aug. 11 in Venezuela.
HorseRacing TV's coverage of the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) begins with live broadcasts from the Baltimore track on Wednesday, May 13.
IEAH Stables, the owners of Kentucky Derby contenders Big Brown and Court Vision, will celebrate their trip to Louisville by sponsoring the Jockey Legends Dinner at the Executive West Hotel on Derby eve. The event is expected to replace the Mint Jubilee Gala on the social itineraries of retired jockeys and those riding in this year's Derby.
Hall of Fame jockeys Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, Chris McCarron and Laffit Pincay have signed on to participate in an international promotion of the horse racing industry known as "Legends on Tour." The tour kicks off May 2, the night before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a gala at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
"Target Louisville " the weekly HRTV show that previews the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will make its debut Thursday, March 6.
HorseRacing TV's weekly "Across The Board" show will deviate from its customary half-hour format to present a one-hour edition saluting the career of the legendary gelding John Henry.
Ellwood W. "Bud" Johnston, owner of Old English Rancho near Sanger, Calif., has been named the fourth annual winner of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award.
- By Ron Mitchell
Northern California-based jockey Russell Baze tied Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time win record of 9,530 when he rode Christie's Fame to victory in the sixth race at Bay Meadows Nov. 30.
Russell Baze had to wait through dark days Monday and Tuesday, and now he will have to wait at least one more day in his quest to become racing's all-time winningest rider.
- By Steve Haskin
Russell Baze, with 9,519 career wins, still needs 11 victories to equal Laffit Pincay Jr.'s record as the winningest jockey of all time. But both riders are already getting geared up for the big moment.
Russell Baze, who continues to close in on Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time victory mark of 9,530 wins, won once with his six mounts Friday night at Bay Meadows.
Jockey Russell Baze won five races Thursday at Bay Meadows and needs just 23 more to reach the all-time record for riding victories of 9,530 held by Laffit Pincay Jr.
Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will co-host the Taylor Made Farm White Horse Heroes Luncheon and the presentation of Race Track Chaplaincy of America's fourth White Horse Award, held in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall at Churchill Downs.
- By Jack Shinar
Retired jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. went to Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday to plead for help for California's embattled racing industry and jockeys.
The Stute brothers, trainers Warren and Mel, have been named winners of the 2006 Laffit Pincay Jr. Award, presented annually to an individual who has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination, and distinction.
More than 21 years after he won the 1984 Kentucky Derby aboard Swale, the whip Laffit Pincay Jr. used in registering his only victory in the Run for the Roses was returned to him.
In his first opportunity to bid public farewell at Santa Anita Park, Laffit Pincay Jr. will be honored by the Oak Tree Racing Association Saturday. He'd rather be riding.
Keeneland's 2005 fall race meeting begins Friday, Oct. 7 and during the 17-day meet there will be a number of special promotions and events. Here's a glimpse of the calendar of events.
Laffit Pincay Jr., the all-time leader in victories by a jockey, discounts complaints from some that fellow Hall of Fame rider Russell Baze is undeserving of the record if he breaks it because Baze mostly competes on the Northern California circuit.
Bob Benoit, who has been associated with Hollywood Park for 51 years, has been named the inaugural winner of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award.
Laffit Pincay Jr. will visit Hollywood Park to make the presentation of the inaugural Laffit Pincay Jr. Award, which will be presented annually on Hollywood Gold Cup Day to a person who has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction.
Laffit Pincay Jr., honored at Hollywood Park on Gold Cup Day, will return Dec. 20 when a portion of 90th Street is re-named Pincay Drive in honor of horse racing's all-time win leader.
The general manager of the ambulance company threatened with a lawsuit by an attorney for jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. says the Hall of Fame rider declined assistance following the accident at Santa Anita that ended his career.
Racing's all-time winningest jockey, Laffit Pincay Jr., is one of three award winners named today by the National Turf Writers Association.
Jorge Chavez received an invitation to the NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship after he won an online vote at ntra.com.
A new exhibition celebrating the achievements of Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner, is open at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, NY., through December 31.
Chris McCarron captured the NTRA All-Star Jockey Challenge Championship title Friday night at Lone Star Park as if destiny demanded it.
Jockey Chris McCarron, who is retiring from riding Sunday, said during a Friday teleconference that he is healthy, but leaving racing because he's tired. McCarron said he loved his time in the saddle, but it's time to move on.
A day after his 1 1/2-length win in Thursday's $75,000 Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park the connections of Like a Hero say the son of Pleasant Colony is a probable entrant for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Sky Jack utilized a front-running trip under Laffit Pincay Jr. to win Sunday's $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) by 5 1/2 lengths over Bosque Redondo at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old gelded son of Jaklin Klugman completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.36 on a fast track.
A day after Texas Ranger Rafael Palmeiro homered for the second straight game, Palmeiro snapped a six-race losing streak Wednesday, winning the $55,000 feature race at Hollywood Park by two lengths over Mysterious Cat. Palmeiro's victory followed a series of longshot winners on Wednesday's Hollywood Park card, resulting in a pick six carryover of $102,812 heading into Thursday's program.
Trainer Robert Frankel made it perfectly clear the morning after the Kentucky Derby what his plans are for Medaglia d'Oro, who finished fourth with a troubled trip, eight lengths behind the victorious War Emblem. "I'm going to win the Preakness with him," Frankel said.
Aqueduct registered its largest attendance figure since 1993 for Saturday's card and attendance at Keeneland for the Blue Grass Stakes was the fifth highest total in the Lexington track's history.
At the top of the Santa Anita stretch Saturday's $200,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) looked like it would be decided by one of three 3-year-old fillies dueling for the lead. Then in mid-stretch, Affluent burst from the trailing pack to rush by the top three en route to winning the seven-furlong main track test by 1 1/2 lengths under Eddie Delahoussaye.
Sure, he looked strong, and there seemed to be some promise in his bloodlines. Then again, the chestnut colt had hind ankles questionable enough that most buyers simply turned their backs. For trainer David LaCroix, the $10,500 price tag represented a bargain, a gamble, a chance. There really was no further reason for him to think, or to dream, any bigger. That horse, Fonz's, returned from a nearly six-month layoff to win the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Hollywood Park.
With a statewide industry fully galvanized by the latest exploits of Tiznow, Oak Tree trotted out California Cup XII on Nov. 3, a $1.275-million stakes feast for the Golden State's finest, and the dream year of trainer John Dolan kept right on rolling when Irisheyesareflying turned in the race of his career in the day's key event, the $250,000 Wells Fargo Bank California Cup Classic Handicap.
Millennium Wind, unraced since an 11th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), makes his return to the track in today's $74,000 Skywalker Handicap over a flat mile at Santa Anita. The Cryptoclearance colt captured the grade I Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by a front-running 5 1/4 lengths under Laffit Pincay Jr., who shows up on his back again today.
Timboroa held off defending Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Northern Quest and Super Quercus to win the $250,000 Del Mar feature as Bobby Frankel-trained horses filled the top three finishing positions in the 1 3/8-mile turf test at Del Mar Saturday.
After winning a duel with Lesters Boy early on, Smile Again was headed in the stretch by 13-10 favorite Freedom Crest before fighting back to post a neck-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Earlier on the card, 2-year-old filly Georgia's Storm led from wire-to-wire in winning the $108,400 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) under Chris McCarron.
Following the disqualification of Futural, second-place finisher Aptitude was awarded the victory in Sunday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) at Hollywood Park, giving trainer Bobby Frankel his second grade I win of the day via disqualification.
Russell Baze moved into fourth place on the career victory list for jockeys Saturday. On Sunday, two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Mike Smith earned his 4,000th career victory by guiding Lift Off to victory in the last race on the card Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay made a late charge to post a one-length victory in the $108,600 Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., Sligo Bay covered the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds in 1:48.40 on a firm turf course and paid $10.80, $5.20, and $3.20. Learing at Kathy finished second and returned $4.20 and $2.80.
Endless Hall won the $1.6 million Singapore Airlines International Cup by a half-length over Jim and Tonic, completing the course record-time of 2:00.80. Jamie Spencer rode the Luca Camani-trained gelding to victory.
TVG has announced that it will televise the $1.65 million Singapore Airlines International Cup from Kranji Racecourse beginning at 11 a.m. eastern standard time Saturday, May 12. The race will be shown on a tape-delayed basis, and there will be no TVG account wagering on the contest.
Staying at home has its advantages. Short commute. Close to the family. Favorite restaurant around the corner. For jockey Chris McCarron, it was sweeping a pair of $150,000 stakes races at Hollywood Park on the weekend of May 5-6.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Fifteen years ago in the 112th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a 73-year-old trainer put a 54-year-old jockey up on a 3-year-old colt named Ferdinand, and something magical happened. Now Laffit Pincay, like Shoemaker in 1986, is 54 years old, and standing in the twilight of a Hall of Fame career. Can he pull a rabbit out of his hat under the Twin Spires this May 5?
Lazy Lode dueled with Eagleton through the early going before pulling away to win the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) on a yielding turf course. The win marks the second graded stakes win on the Santa Anita card for The Thoroughbred Corporation, which also owns Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Point Given. The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Poetic also won the track's second race, an allowance race on turf, giving the stable three winners on the card.
By John W. Russell -- Question: What sport advertises its product by focusing on frantic fans rather than prominent players? You've got it: Thoroughbred racing.
In the International Jockey Challenge Sunday at Santa Anita, Laffit Pincay Jr. rode two winners to lead a team of American riders to victory over a team of European jockeys.
Under Laffit Pincay Jr., California-bred Road to Slew edged clear of Hollycombe and held off the late challenge of a slew of horses to win the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) by one length, Saturday at Santa Anita. On a turf track listed as good, Road to Slew completed the distance in 1:35.96.
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